May 5, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – Liz Hall-Sewell of Valley City State (N.D.) and Rachel Hughes of Dakota State (S.D.) were selected to the final edition of the North Star Athletic Association Softball Players-of-the-Week honors, announced Monday. Hall-Sewell was chosen as its Player-of-the-Week, while Hughes was picked as Pitcher-of-the-Week.
North Star Athletic Association Softball Player-of-the-Week
Liz Hall-Sewell – Valley City State (N.D.) – 5'8" – Senior – Third Base – North Pole, Alaska – Hall-Sewell ended her Valley City State (N.D.) career with a three-game stretch at the NAIA Softball Unaffiliated North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament, despite with a 1-2 record and earned first-ever NSAA Softball regular-season conference title. She was 5-for-7 at the plate with a double and blast two home runs. Hall-Sewell drove in four runs and she drew four walks. She recorded a batting average of .714 and a slugging percentage of 1.714 during the postseason qualifying tournament.
North Star Athletic Association Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week
Rachel Hughes – Dakota State – 5'6" – Freshman – Pitcher – Sioux Falls, S.D. – Hughes pitched in two games in the NAIA Softball Unaffiliated North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament as Dakota State went 2-2, finishing as the top NSAA place-finisher in the postseason qualifying tournament. She came in and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief in 9-0 opening round loss to top-seed Dickinson State (N.D.). Hughes continued her scoreless streak to 7 2/3 innings as she tossed five scoreless innings (gave up a run in the sixth inning) in a 7-2 loser's out game victory over Presentation (S.D.). She worked a total of eight innings on the pitching mound in the postseason tournament, allowing one run on five hits and struck out a total of eight batters with an earned run average of 0.88. She only gave up one walk.
Recap from last week games
Top-seed Dickinson State (N.D.) captured the NAIA Softball Unaffiliated North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament last weekend at Lyle Lawrence Field, hosted by the University of Jamestown (N.D.) in Jamestown, N.D.
In the opening round on Friday, May 2, the Blue Hawks opened with a 9-0 victory in five innings over No. 6 seed Dakota State (S.D.). No. 2 seed and NSAA regular-season champions Valley City State (N.D.) won a high-scoring affair with No. 5 seed Presentation (S.D.) 13-9. No. 4 seed Great Falls (Mont.) shut down No. 3 seed and host-team Jamestown (N.D.) 3-0.
Also on Friday, May 2, Dakota State eliminated Presentation from postseason play with a 7-2 victory in the loser's bracket game. The Saints concluded their season with an overall record of 19-26. Dickinson State ended UJ's softball season with a 6-2 victory. The Jimmies finished their season with a 21-23 overall record. Great Falls posted their second straight shutout victory over another NSAA opponent – Valley City State. The Argos handed the Vikings their first postseason loss with a 3-0 win.
Dickinson State advanced to the championship game with a 3-0 victory over Great Falls on Saturday, May 3. The Argos were forced in the loser's bracket. Dakota State continued their postseason season run as they defeated VCSU 3-2 in the loser's out game. Valley City State ended their season with a 22-21 overall record.
Dakota State fell short to Great Falls 5-0 for a spot in the championship game on Saturday, May 3. The Trojans finished their season with an overall record of 12-32 and was the top NSAA place-finisher in the postseason qualifying tournament.
Dickinson State came from behind to defeat Great Falls 2-1 in the championship game by the score of 2-1 on Sunday, May 4. The Blue Hawks earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round, which will be held at ten different campus sites announced by the NAIA on May 12-14.
NSAA Softball Conference Standings
Valley City State (N.D.)
Dakota State (S.D.)
Mayville State (N.D.)
*Dickinson State (N.D.)
*Dickinson State (N.D.) is a member of the Frontier Conference and will join the North Star Athletic Association in 2014-15 academic year.